Rain Water Harvesting Presentation In Chicago April 20, 2010

New Tools for Sustainable Site Development

A Presentation by Tom Barrett


Tuesday, April 20, 2010 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.


The Chicago Center for Green Technology

445 N. Sacramento Blvd (between Chicago Ave. and Lake St.)

Chicago, Illinois


AIS Continuing Eduction Units: 2

“Water, water everywhere and not a drop to drink.” wrote Samuel Taylor Coleridge in The Rime of the Ancient Mariner.  In its Report Card for America’s Infrastructure, the American Society of Civil Engineers rated our nation’s wastewater, stormwater, and drinking water systems a “D” minus.  This is the lowest grade in any infrastructure category.  The most alarming conclusion is the next lowest grade is “F” – FAILURE.  Over the last fifty years America has not invested in new practices and technologies which can enhance our infrastructure and our environment.  Rainwater harvesting and condensate recovery are transformative approaches  to sustainable site development.

“The over-borrowing, over-consuming, and under-innovation (is) now in the US. . .,”  Antonio van Aqtmael said in an October 2007 issue of Newsweek.  As engineering solutions to water management that protects, restores, and mimics the natural water cycle.  Rainwater harvesting and condensate recovery incorporates both the natural environment and engineered systems to provide clean water, conserve ecosystems, and provide a wide variety of benefits for people and wildlife.  Additionally, all this can be accomplished at a significantly lower cost than conventional concrete and mortar infrastructure.

Join Tom Barrett as he explains how the use of locally produced water helps develop a “natural approach” to efficient use of water and relieves stormwater management issues.


“. . . best class at CCGT so far, rainwater data, new ideas, charts and stats, all the different ways I can use the rainwater for my home.”
” . . . great speaker, the positive outlook, no blame game, examples (drip system), knowledgeable, class got to participate.

Speaker’s Biography – Tom Barrett

Tom Barrett is an accomplished corporate growth and change agent with over thirty years of industry experience.   Tom’s leadership experience, holding executive level positions, drives corporate revenue growth through change and innovation for business start-ups, corporate expansions, and divisional turnarounds.

Tom Barrett has been delivering energetic, dynamic presentations and training for over twenty years.  These presentations empower people to become masters of change rather than victims of circumstance by developing tools for transformational thinking.

“Tom’s been a leader with smart water technologies, green roofs, rainwater harvesting and other emerging technologies well before they became buzzwords at water conferences. It’s impressive to work with Tom because he knows his stuff from the ground up.”

– Jeff Carowitz, Strategic Force Marketing


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